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Police recover hoard of stolen jewellery

Detective Sergeant James Bonner  of Banbury Police Station.

Detective Sergeant James Bonner of Banbury Police Station.

A leading Banbury police officer has praised the work of his team after they recovered more than £200,000 of stolen goods.

Following a burglary in Adderbury last Wednesday, Detective Sergeant James Bonner and his officers at Banbury CID carried out a two-day operation to recover various jewellery items and watches, including one piece worth £140,000.

The items have been returned to the victim.

Mr Bonner said: “This is an excellent team effort, from the initial investigation right up to arrest.

“The officers have put in a lot of time to get this result and we are satisfied.”

Mr Bonner is advising residents to keep their homes safe over Christmas and make sure their valuables are secure.

He said: “At Christmas people normally like to put their presents under the tree.

“It is really important doors and windows are secure so you don’t give opportunists a chance to commit these types of crime.

“Cherwell is a very safe place to live but we will always strive to drive crime down even further. To be able to reunite a victim of crime with items of such sentimental and financial value is the best feeling for me and the team.”

Two arrests were made following the incident.

One man has been charged with three counts of burglary and one count of fraud by false representation.

He is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Friday).

A second man has been charged with two counts of burglary, one count of receiving stolen goods and one count of fraud by false representation.

He has been bailed and is due to appear at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on December 20.

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